While Cult of Chucky premiering in just a few more days, nostalgia for all things Child’s Play-related is running hot. While doing the rounds in promotion of his latest installment, director Don Mancini also took a moment to defend the black sheep of the franchise. While many fans enjoyed the shift from serious slasher to irreverent horror comedy in Bride of Chucky, that film’s follow-up, Seed of Chucky doesn’t get much love.
The thing is, Mancini feels an especially personal connection to Seed, so don’t go dissing the film in his presence—you’re likely to get an earful. Check out the horror maestro’s defense in a recent interview he gave to Entertainment Weekly.
“That’s the one that honestly, its reputation has grown the most, arguably because it had the furthest to go,” says Mancini, who also directed the upcoming Cult of Chucky (out Oct. 3). “I think that movie is so fundamentally comedic and farcical. It’s a farce. It’s literally a farce. I mean, slamming doors and all of that. And I think that turned a lot of people off, I guess. I’m sorry! But, as a gay guy, I love the fact that over the years, [to] the people who saw that movie as children, the character of Glen really meant something to them, and that’s very cool. And also, when the subject of Seed of Chucky comes up, I always very defensively have to say, ‘Well, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Wesley Morris loved the movie, so who the f— are you?’ Because I still get tweets from people going, ‘Dude, really looking forward to Cult of Chucky but you must know you really f—ed up Seed of Chucky.’”
Take that Seed of Chucky haters!
Cult of Chucky arrives on Netflix on October 3rd. Check out the trailer and synopsis for that film below.
Official Synopsis: “Confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, Nica Pierce (Fiona Dourif) is erroneously convinced that she, not Chucky, murdered her entire family. But when her psychiatrist introduces a new therapeutic “tool” to facilitate his patients’ group sessions — an all-too-familiar “Good Guy” doll with an innocently smiling face — a string of grisly deaths begins to plague the asylum, and Nica starts to wonder if maybe she isn’t crazy after all. Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent), Chucky’s now-grown-up nemesis from the original Child’s Play, races to Nica’s aid. But to save her he’ll have to get past Tiffany (Oscar-nominee Jennifer Tilly), Chucky’s long-ago bride, who will do anything, no matter how deadly or depraved, to help her beloved devil doll.”
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And for kicks, check out the trailer & synopsis for Seed of Chucky (released in 2004) below; maybe it’s time to give the film a fresh look?
Official Synopsis: Gentle Glen (Billy Boyd) is a ventriloquist’s dummy, the offspring of evil doll Chucky (Brad Dourif) and his doll bride (Jennifer Tilly), both of whom are now deceased. When the orphaned Glen hears that a film is being made about his parents, he goes to Hollywood and resurrects them in an attempt to get to know them better. He is horrified when Chucky and his lover embark on a new killing spree, and Chucky is equally horrified that his son has no taste for evil.